January 25, 2018 Sonya Davidson Lifestyle, Sports
As we get ready for the Olympic Winter Games, here’s a great documentary to check out! Champions vs Legends is a fascinating look at the science of winter sports and features Olympic and world champion athletes. What has changed over the years to improve an athlete’s chances in competitive sports? Are today’s world-class winter athletes really better, stronger, faster than athletes of the past? Or are the impacted by the latest development in technology?
Champions vs Legends pits Olympic and world champion athletes of today against yesteryear’s heroes and investigates. Steve Haake, renowned UK-based sports scientist, travels to Canada, Germany and Austria, to meet eight world-class winter athletes impacted by the latest developments in technology and puts them to the test. The documentary features athletes including Shea Weber, NHL All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Christine Nesbitt, Canadian speedster and Olympic gold medalist, Manuel Feller, Alpine ski champion, Max Arndt and Alex Rödiger, German bobsledders and world champions, Anna Schaffelhuber, German para-alpine skier and five-time Olympic gold medalist.
Producer Jonathan Hirsh has always loved storytelling. As the son of media mogul Michael Hirsh, who has produced children’s shows such as Babar, The Care Bears and Arthur, he has grown up surrounded by the film industry and exposed to various forms of storytelling, all of which he has grown to love. Jonathan Hirsh has released a comedic web series called Fare Trade, which is inspired by the online trading platform, Bunz. Fare Trade has five episodes so far, and revolves around the misadventures of three quirky characters who find themselves in strange situations and communities as they attempt to trade their way through life. The show stars Erin Carter, Darrell Faria and Ana Golja, and was produced by Hirsh with Shawn Ahmed and Scott Leaver.
By Paula Duhatschek, CBC News Posted: Jan 23, 2018 8:38 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018
After a week of backlash, London, Ont.'s Thames Valley District School Board has reversed its decision to drop funding for the Grand Theatre production of a musical about a gay student's fight to bring his date to the prom.The public board will give $15,000 for the production of Prom Queen: The Musical, set to be staged this fall.
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Congratulations to Maudie for garnering 7 Canadian Screen Awards — Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor: Ethan Hawke, Best Costume Design, and Best Editing!
Controversy brews over our client Mary Young Leckie's new musical "Prom Queen".....
CBC has reported that two school boards in London, Ontario, Canada have cut funding to their school's production of a musical about a gay student fighting to take his boyfriend to prom.
The show is called Prom Queen: The Musical, and it's based on the true story of Marc Hall who in 2002 won his fight with the Durham Catholic School Board to take his boyfriend to prom.
The London District Catholic School Board and the Thames Valley District School Board have both decided to pull their financial backing, a total of $30,000, putting a dent in the show's $250,000 budget.
Matt Reid, chair of the Thames Valley board, claims that the play's LGBTQ themes aren't the reason for the funding cut, but rather the way the script portrays school boards, teachers, and other adults.
Both boards issued the same statement, saying "Together, our school communities - principals, teachers, trustees, staff, students, parents - work very hard to ensure all students are supported and cared for, which is not reflected in the script."
An online fundraising campaign was launched, which has now reached over $57,000. The campaign can be found here.
Hall himself commented, "This was a story about something that happened to me at my school board in Oshawa, Ont., and the script really revolves around a community coming together to help a boy, me, right a wrong. It's about a community coming together, to stick up for yourself, to not allow discrimination, to love who you are."
The show is being offered exclusively to the Grand Theatre and will likely be staged professionally after the London run.
Our client Paul Saltzman of Sunrise Films has commenced production on his feature-length documentary “The Beatles in India”, based on his book and his own photographs of the Beatles in 1968 in Rishikesh. Paul will be shooting on location throughout 2018 in the UK, India, Canada and the USA. Visit www.thebeatlesinIndia.com to learn more about Paul's book and photos.
Congratulations to our client Paul Kemp who has recently completed and delivered his documentary Searching for Winnetou, to air Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9 PM on CBC-TV. Searching for Winnetou explores the controversy surrounding cultural appropriation of Indigenous culture in an innovative, hilarious, unnerving, yet inspiring way.
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